Hamilton College is a vibrant community where young people enjoy learning and developing their talents and skills. It is also a community where the values of respect for others, tolerance and integrity are encouraged within a caring Christian ethos. Throughout the school I am constantly impressed by the focus on meeting the needs and aspirations of learners and by the commitment to ensuring that individuals develop their potential. A personal aspiration is to see Hamilton College continue to develop as an e-confident school.
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Appointment of New Principal
The Directors of Christian Schools (Scotland) Ltd are pleased to announce that Mr John J. Taylor will be the next Principal of Hamilton College. Mr Taylor will take up his new responsibilities in January 2015, following the retirement of Miss Clarke.
Mr Davis, Chairman of the Board of Governors, stated “The selection of Mr Taylor marks the exciting conclusion to an extensive search and interview process, which involved candidates drawn from across the United Kingdom”.
Miss Clarke confirmed “I look forward to working with Mr Taylor over the coming months to ensure a smooth and successful transition into the next term.”
Mr Taylor comes from St Leonards School in St Andrews, where he is a Housemaster and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Prior to joining St Leonards Mr Taylor was employed by Bradfield College in Berkshire, one of the leading independent boarding schools in England. His teaching career began as a teacher of Classics and English, progressing to become Head of Department and then resident Housemaster. Throughout his career Mr Taylor has been heavily involved in the arts, including playwriting, performance-storytelling and directing. He is actively involved in charitable work in the community and is a director on the Board of Fife Carers Centre, as well as a long-standing member of the committee of STAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival.
Mr Davis continued “We look forward to Mr Taylor investing his impressive range of talents and skills in supporting the continued development of Hamilton College. I know that Mr Taylor will receive a warm welcome and support as he works towards delivering continued success in the future”.
Mr Taylor said "I have been incredibly impressed by the kind and friendly welcome from all the pupils, staff and parents I have met at Hamilton College. My wife and I love the West of Scotland, so moving back to the area is very exciting for us. I am thrilled and feel very blessed to be taking up this position: Hamilton College is a great school with so many fabulous strengths, and I look forward to working closely with pupils, staff and parents to help the school develop in the coming years."